Best and worst states to be unemployed

Being out of work is rarely a desirable situation, but getting by and bouncing back are a lot easier in some states than in others.

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Aug 19, 2013 7:38PM
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I blame the elected officials in washington for the demise of every state in America.  If we had the money they give to other countries trying to buy friendship, we would be doing okay. And, if we had the jobs they and their predecessors have sent overseas, we would have most people working and more taxes being paid in.  I blame the Taliban.
Aug 20, 2013 6:02AM
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Corporate and government greed. You are either a part of the system or you are a victim of the system.
Aug 19, 2013 11:03PM
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I got laid off last fall.  Since it is so expensive to live here in NJ, it ain't no prize to be unemployed in this state. No wonder it's the state most people are fleeing, according to Mayflower movers.  Wish I were one of them, but I can't sell my house.  Who wants to move here with these high property taxes?"??
Aug 19, 2013 10:49PM
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Ahhh, Illinois.  9.2% unemployment (2nd highest in the nation), only 43% of those unemployed are still getting unemployment checks, and the overly generous pensions for Government workers is $100 BILLION in the red, and the unions refuse to allow anything to be changed.  The union keeps chanting the state constitution prohibits such changes ... along with our brothers and sisters are worth all that money and the state will simply have to find the money (raise taxes) to foot their bill as they are NOT paying anymore into the fund themselves.  They've even brazenly suggested the once "temporary" 60% increase in state tax rates be left on the books, and of course other fees and taxes be raised so they can retire at 50 with 80% of their income after 20 years of work.  Businesses are fleeing the state, heading to Wisconsin (with it's anti-union laws), Indiana (right to work state weakening union power), and other nearby states.  Government based unions = the worst thing you can do to the economy of a state or country. 
Aug 20, 2013 10:50AM
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Any place you my be with out a job is the worst
Aug 19, 2013 10:57PM
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Calif is by far the laziness state, too many on welfare food stamps and section 8.
Aug 20, 2013 5:36AM
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Excuse me people  do you even have a clue? The dumacrats took over in 2006, Pres. Bush's hands were tied. The beloved Barney & dodd said there was no problems with fannie and Freddie mac, wrong Pres Bush wanted more legislation for them because of corruptness they denied anything was wrong. From that point on the housing industry dropped like a rock. The country was being run by socialists without a clue, just like peloci saying they will have to pass osluma care before they know whats in it, really!

I know one thing is for sure the working class is tired of paying for the do nothings and guess what we have money and the means to defend our families just like our founding fathers set down in our constitution. Good luck when we decide to quit supporting all of you worthless leaches.

This guy in office will take no responsibility is less transparent than any other and is dividing this country like no other into a class nation, sad part you don't even care. Prepare yourselves, money does not grow on printing presses, it come from the  entrepreneur and unfortunately this pres has no clue.

Aug 20, 2013 2:57AM
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Here in California is going to be broke, not very good news.
Aug 19, 2013 9:45PM
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This is one of the most misleading articles I've ever seen.  It's not the best or worst states for employment or for quality of living, it's the best and worst states to be unemployed!  It should be uncomfortable to be unemployed.  When the freebies for the unemployed amount to almost $40K per year, who wants to go to work?  When there's no discomfort in unemployment, there's no incentive to find a job.
Aug 19, 2013 8:10PM
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NOTICE WASHINGTON DC ISN'T ON THE LIST! IT'S THE ONLY CITY THAT IS HIRING MORE

AND MORE PROGRESSIVE LEFT WING PEOPLE TO WORK UNDER OBAMA'S SOCIALIST

ADMINISTRATION IN THE IRS, EPA AND OBAMACARE! MORE GOVT WORKERS ON THE

TAXPAYER DIME! AND FREE HEALTHCARE BUT NOT OBAMACARE! THAT'S FOR THE REST

OF US WITH DEATH PANELS AND HIGHER RATES AND LESS SERVICE! EVERY DEMOCRAT

RUN CITY AND STATE IS DEAD BROKE IN DEBT AND NO JOBS BUT PEOPLE KEEP VOTING

FOR THESE ANTI AMERICAN PROGRESSIVES! THEY ARE DESTROYING THIS COUNTRY!

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Folks when they started shipping jobs out of the country the country started going broke.

Look around, Up until the 1980's when we were at war the jobs climbed to keep up war goods, Now the war just made other countries richer because MOST of everything built for the last few wars were built outside the country so we were paying out and getting nothing.

Our own government buys very little from its own country, "HELLO" how can we stay afloat doing that? When was the last time you saw our government using anything built in the USA?

All our goods were sent out of the country and built with cheap labor and in some cases by child labor working 14 hours per day for peanuts. If we don't make the money building the product how are we supposed to have the money to buy it? They would have us believe that our vehicles like Ford, GM, Chrysler and others are built in the good old USA but if you check, Very little or nothing is built in the USA, Everything is built outside the USA and assembled here this only giving us a few crumbs to shout us up.  

Until this stops we will just keep going down hill and it doesn't take a college degree to figure that out and it doesn't make any difference which side of the isle in Washington you are on.  

Aug 22, 2013 7:51AM
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Well I am on the down side of living in Illinois. This time next year I will be out of this sewer. Yes the public sector workers think they should get the same income and benefits that they got when they were occupying space in a government building. Not going to happen. They will end up with half if they are lucky.

Chicago bleeds the state dry due to the political power shifting monies away from the other areas. Taxes are out of control. Moving to Nevada will save me almost $10,000 per year in taxes and costs associated with living in the Murder Capital of the World.

The weather is terrible, roads are always under construction by the politcal insider contractors. If there is a chance you are going to He!! then move to Illinois so you are used to it.

GBA

Aug 20, 2013 11:47AM
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Worst states to be unemployed = best states to motivate you to get back to work one way or another.
Aug 20, 2013 12:25PM
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Left out Califoreignya, where even being employed in some cases is WORSE than being unemployed!
Aug 19, 2013 11:36PM
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IF you are in the top 20% of taxpayers, don't come to MN.  The liberals/Democrats have taken over politically.   The lib governor Dayton raised income tax rates to the second highest in the US after California this year.      He also expanded the sales tax to include more items.   Property taxes aren't low either.  Two thirds of the pop. lives in Mpls metro area.  Congested roads, poorly maintained.  Long commutes.  State has no money to expand the roads and barely is able to keep potholes filled, yet they hand out welfare checks right and left to every Somoli, hispanic--and there are hundreds of thousands of them here.  And the winters?   Well, they suck.   I mean, they really suck.
Aug 20, 2013 8:19AM
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How is a low "% unemployed getting benefits" a bad thing?  Having a high score basically says "Yeay we have a lot of people living off the system in our state".  How is that good?!?!
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Can't wait to see that rookie president out of office who have no clue on how to handle a country's economy.I still haven't seen any improvement since he took office,and gas prices have been on the rise since he's been president.
Aug 20, 2013 11:51AM
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Notice how states with better overall rating do not have large urban areas of welfare receiving, unskilled, obese masses  just robbing, pillaging, ruining, eating whatever they can get their worthless hands on.

Hitler, Kadaffy, Saddam..........................................any other dictator would do better at running this country into ground than oclowno. 
Aug 19, 2013 7:28PM
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Woohoo, Tennessee! We're number one. Must be that high number of Democrats stealing our money. I have no respect for a state government that cuts education, and then gives tax breaks to Corporations. Also, our Governor is having to deal with the SEC, FBI and others over the family Company (Pilot/ Flying J) stealing money from denying coupons, and then stealing company money for the President of the Company to buy a NFL Football team.
Aug 22, 2013 9:12AM
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They left out Colorado as one of the worst places to find a Job , If you are 48 years old or older they really discriminate here on hiring. Especially on  men it is difficult to get any job, instead they hire illegals ,women and younger workers and for low wages and lousy jobs with no benefits.Colorado is a nice place to visit for tourism but to get a job here forget  it  unless you are in the medical field . I lived here with my parents for 8 years now and I can not find a  full time job , 48 and I had to move in with my parents who are retired  talk about depressing be in my shoes . We are planning to sell the house next year and get out of here back to Michigan which is bad too but we have family and friends there. Corporate greed jobs shipped to China , Mexico , and other countries and The president and congress to blame as well for doing nothing while they live well.
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